The year is just about half spent, but I feel safe calling Houndstooth’s “Borderlands” the finest bittersweet breakup ballad of 2015. The gentle lilt of Katie Bernstein’s voice as she sings of a “burned out love,” the beautifully bent 12-string guitar break, the steady chug of the rhythm section — it all adds up to a kiss-off that’s also a goodbye kiss. Perfect.
The rest of the Portland, OR-based band’s No News From Home doesn’t disappoint either, offering plenty of pleasing Velvety strum ‘n’ jangle, charming girl-guy vocals and effortlessly catchy songwriting. Fans of the Flying Nun label’s classic kiwipop sound will find plenty to love. No News is very good news, indeed. words / t wilcox